Premier Andrew Fahie has vowed not to be threatened by an upcoming election or get intimidated into not completing his agenda.
Speaking before the House of Assembly (HOA) recently, Fahie said he recently received many messages blaming him for things he never did and threats that his party will never regain power.
Notwithstanding these threats, the Premier said he will ensure everything that needed to be done during his term in office will be completed.
“After we leave, someday you’ll say thanks if you want,“ he stated.
“I ain’t going to be threatened by no next election,” the Premier added. ”We have some things to do here or else it won’t matter if we have an election. It won’t matter who is in power come the next election if we don’t do some of the things we have to do.”
Premier frowns on ‘modern partnership’ usage
He insisted that while former governor, Augustus Jaspert, may have said certain things, the BVI was not in a battle with an individual, but instead it was in a battle with an institution.
He frowned upon the use of the phrase ‘modern partnership’ that is often used by the UK to describe its relationship with the BVI. Fahie said if the UK was looking out for the BVI, the territory shouldn’t have to be guessing what it has to do to get to the next level.
“A modern partnership is not to show and exploit the weaknesses of one side so that you can promote your side,” Premier Fahie argued. “It should be one in which you have them to get over the weaknesses on either side and both exemplify the strengths.”
Suggesting a common conversation was needed between the BVI and UK, the Premier said the BVI should be allowed to play a substantive role in the dialogue.
Premier Fahie also made reference to the controversial issue of having his office take control of the territory’s disaster management portfolio through legislation that has not received assent.
“We’d like for you to share with us since you say you can’t give us DDM (Department of Disaster Management), share with us the responsibility and let us grow together and then eventually you could give it to me. That’s a modern partnership,” the Premier said.
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